20 August


US Weather events

US Weather events

1886 133 yrs ago
The town of Indianola, TX, was completely destroyed by a hurricane, and never rebuilt. (David Ludlum)
1910 109 yrs ago
The big blow up of forest fires finally came to an end in Idaho. A record dry August fueled 1736 fires which burned three million acres destroying six billion board feet of timber. The fires claimed the lives of 85 persons, 78 of which were fire fighters, and consumed the entire town of Wallace. The smoke spread a third of the way around the world producing some dark days in the U.S. and Canada. The forest fires prompted federal fire protection laws. (David Ludlum)
1987 32 yrs ago
Half a dozen cities in the Central Plains Region reported record high temperatures for the date, including Pueblo CO with a reading of 102 degrees, and Goodland KS with a high of 104 degrees. Hill City KS reached 106 degrees. (The National Weather Summary)
1988 31 yrs ago
Sheridan, WY, reported a record hot temperature reading of 100 degrees. Evening thunderstorms produced golf ball size hail near Fortuna ND, and wind gusts to 70 mph near Webster SD. (The National Weather Summary)
1989 30 yrs ago
Early morning thunderstorms produced heavy rain in southeast Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma, with up to six inches reported around Tulsa OK. Some roads in the Tulsa area were closed by water 10 to 12 feet deep. Evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas. Thunderstorms produced winds gusts to 75 mph in Major County OK, and hail two inches in diameter at Jennings KS. (The National Weather Summary)
Source de données: http://www.weatherforyou.com/


World records

World records

1960 59 yrs ago
Largest ever recorded tropical cyclone eye: 370 km (230 mi) - Typhoon Carmen in northwest Pacific Ocean


F5 tornadoes

F5 tornadoes

1946 73 yrs ago
Klodzko Slaskie, Poland 2019 fatalities
Officially rated F4, however, report indicates potential F5 damage.
Officially ranked below F5/EF5, but rating is disputed; event may have been F5/EF5


Deadly earthquakes

Deadly earthquakes

1937-08-20 11.59 UTC 82 yrs ago
Philippines (carte) , 35 km deep Magnitude: 7.3
Secondary effectstsunami
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)1

1954-08-20 15.30 UTC 65 yrs ago
Iran (carte) Magnitude: 5.0 UK
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)1

1988-08-20 23.09 UTC 31 yrs ago
Nepal (carte) , 57 km deep Magnitude: 6.8
Secondary effectsliquefaction
Deaths resulting from earthquake shaking998
Total fatalities resulting from earthquake shaking and secondary effects998
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)1450
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Emergency Events Database)709

1989-08-20 11.16 UTC 30 yrs ago
Djibouti (carte) , 12 km deep Magnitude: 6.5
Secondary effectslandslide
Deaths resulting from earthquake shaking2
Total fatalities resulting from earthquake shaking and secondary effects2
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)2





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